After a long career as an English teacher, I am coaching now at the high school level: all disciplines, all grades. When they introduce me to their classes, some teachers are straightforward about why I am there. Others, however, are uncomfortable. They are reluctant to say "support" or "demonstrate" or anything else that will sound like they need help. A solution I've found is to introduce myself. I say that the teacher has graciously invited me to teach a class because I miss direct contact with kids. This "guest teacher" approach seems to work. What other techniques can I use to quell concerns that teachers have?
- English Language Arts